Autumn and early winter are the best times to plant bulbs. Plant some bubs in pots now and you’ll be amazed at the results in spring!
Bulbs come in all shapes, sizes and types and are available from your garden centre. There are plenty of beautiful flowers to choose from - daffodils, freesias, crocuses, tulips and a fragrant favourite, hyacinths – so many you’ll be spoilt for choice!
A flower bulb is really an underground storehouse and flower factory. Within the bulb is just about everything the plant will need to sprout and flower at the right time.
In the centre of the bulb there are leaves cradling a baby bud. Surrounding the bud are thick white ‘scales’, which contain all the food the bulb will need to flower and thrive. The basal plate at the bottom of the bulb, holds everything together, including the roots that grow from it. All of that is wrapped up in a protective outer skin called the tunic.
All this magical little piece of nature needs us to do is plant it in the ground and give it a drink. The bulb does the rest!
Grow a pot of hyacinths for the table - so you can enjoy the amazing perfume up close! It’s as easy as 1,2,3!
You will need:
a terracotta pot (15-20cm diameter)
3 hyacinth bulbs
Bulb planting mix
Gloves (Hyacinth bulbs can irritate sensitive skin)
Once hyacinth flowers begin to open they will last longer if moved away from direct sun.
For a non stop supply of spring flowers, plant a pot every week or two.
Wear gloves when handling hyacinth bulbs. They can cause a skin rash on some people.
Bulbs LOVE the cold. That’s why we plant them at the start of winter. Keep bulb pots outside until they flower - they need the cold to grow. Putting your tulip bulbs in the fridge for a couple of weeks before you plant them will make them extra happy so come spring, they’ll be blooming lovely!
Hyacinths in a pot